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Reviewer: JK Swopes | Rating: 4/5 Back to Ambient Black product details

So what is Ambient Black?

Well, it’s a sound design/ambient library that leans more towards the edgy, dark, and treacherous side of things.

It’s the companion and alter-ego of their Ambient White library.

What I can say is it’s full of found sound and organic/acoustic based instruments.

Of course the source material is abused, mistreated, mangled, and turned into all sorts of textures, ambiences, drones, impacts, hits, and more.

It runs in the free Kontakt player and has a super simple interface so you can just focus on the sounds!

Quick Specs
content: Over 6.5GB (3.4Gb compressed), 280 patches
format: Kontakt 5, Kontakt Player 5
price: $199.95

So how does it sound?

There’s some really edgy sounds in this one, from metallic scrapes and distorted textures, to eerie drones and even trashy drum kits.

Everything retains an organic feel to it, thanks to the source material, but the end result is no doubt rugged and experimental.

Don’t get me wrong, they didn’t just use distortion for the sake of it, everything was done in a way that keeps the instruments in line with the goal of the library.

I really dig the metallic tones and percussive hits, some of the guitar stuff is pretty cool also, and there is an old creepy piano that I enjoyed.

The atmospheres, drones, and fx are also very usable and all have just the right amount of “non-niceness”

So what’s the bottom line?

If you need a collection of sound design elements with a little more grit, bite, and overall edginess they definitely have you covered.

I give Ambient Black 4 out of 5 subs, it delivers a nice collection of sound design tools that would just as at home in any ambient track as the next horror or thriller track.

The organic/found sound nature of the library really gives it a different vibe that I don’t think would be quite there if it relied solely on synthesized sounds.

There’s a sharpness to the metal, as well as a nice texture to the hits and impacts.

If you need something a little more edgy, this is definitely one to check out.

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